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May 18, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
Tony Kornheiser has decided to step down from his duties as an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Kornheiser was often criticized during his three years with MNF, for, among other things, his propensity to beat a storyline into the ground (Brett Favre, anyone?). Kornheiser cited a schedule that included too much travel that would force him out of his bus and onto a plane (three games in California, plus one in Denver).
My fear of planes is legendary and sadly true. When I looked at the upcoming schedule it was the perfect storm that would've frequently moved me from the bus to the air.
ESPN has already announced Kornheiser’s replacement, and it is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders coach, Jon Gruden. Gruden will join Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski in the booth. It will be interesting to see how the new grouping does, but regardless of performance, don’t expect it to be around for long. Gruden will likely find his way back to the sidelines in the next off-season, or in two years at the most.
As for Kornheiser, he will certainly have more time on his hands now. He will continue his role on PTI, but hopefully his new found free time will lead TK back to the radio. Kornheiser has hosted a radio show on and off since 1992, most recently on Washington Post radio and XM. Now that he is done with the busy Monday Night Football schedule, perhaps Tony will begin his radio host duties again, which, in my opinion, was always a better fit for him than MNF anyway.
Tony Kornheiser out, Jon Gruden in on 'Monday Night Football' - Newsday